National Visa – Category D:                        Family Reunion (2023)

The German Consulate in Dubai has generated this information leaflet. The Consulate is responsible for visa applications of those applicants who reside in the United Arab Emirates. The application form needs to be filled out online https://videx-national.diplo.de/videx/visum-erfassung/index.html#/videx-langfristiger-aufenthalt and printed out.

Applicants are requested to carefully read the general information sheet for National (long-term) visa for Germany (which can be downloaded from our website).

Please note that incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

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Please find further details for the following categories on page:

  • Family reunion to EU Nationals (excluding citizens of Germany)
  • Family reunion of minors below the age of 16
  • Intended marriage / civil union

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

All documents need to be submitted in 2 sets of copies including application form. Original certificates / documents must be presented separately. Original documents will be returned immediately. Documents, which are not in German or English language, require a translation.

Every set has to be sorted as follows:

1.

Application form including the declaration of true and complete information (According to Section54(2)8 in conjunction with Section53 of the Residence Act)

available online free of charge

Fully completed in English or German, signed, and dated by the applicant himself.

If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed form “Authorization – Minors / Children under 18” needs to be attached including passport copies of parents/ legal guardian.

Must be submitted as printout attached to each of the 2sets.

2.

Passport

Applicant must have the original passport & copies of the passport (personal data page including validity pages) & UAE residency must be submitted as copies attached to each of the 2 sets submitted.

  • Validity minimum 3 months. Please be aware that a visa validity cannot exceed the validity of the passport. It is recommended that the passport is valid for at least 1 year at the day of submission.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free visa pages
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport
  • Previous passport if applicable
  • IMPORTANT: valid UAE residence Permit
  • Special rules might apply for some nationals which passports are not recognized by the German authorities.)
3.

Three recent biometric passport sized photographs (3.5x4,5 cm)

Requirements:

  • Should NOT be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and light-colored background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • Head coverings are only accepted for religious reasons.

Do not glue or staple the pictures to the application form.

4.

If applicable: previous stay in Germany / previous Schengen Visa

  • Copies of your old German resident permit
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
5.

Details of spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partners residence permit for Germany.
  • Certificate of residence (“Meldebescheinigung”) if the spouse is already living in Germany, not older than 6 months
6.

Marriage Certificate (Original must be present)

a) German Marriage Certificate:

  • German certificate of marriage or extract from the Family Register.

b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • The authorities of a state often only recognize foreign documents or certificates if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

** See separate leaflet for information regarding the recognition of foreign documents (can be downloaded from our website).

7.

Divorce decree of previous marriages or death certificate of former spouse, if applicant has been previously married (Original must be present)

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure

** See separate leaflet for information regarding the recognition of foreign documents (can be downloaded from our website).

8.

Proof of accommodation in Germany

  • Copy of lease certificate of apartment in Germany or title deed of owned property, if partner is already residing in Germany.
9.

Proof of sufficient means of subsistence

  • Copy of employment certificate / contract of the foreign spouse who intends to live / already lives in Germany
  • Salary slips from past three months if spouse is living in Germany
10.

Knowledge of basic German language – Level A 1

  • Proof of language proficiency in German, by a recognized institute according to ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe. The following institutes are recognized Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) and TestDaF- Institut e.V.

Exemptions on this requirement apply on:

  1. Spouses of Blue Card holder, self-employed.
  2. Parents of German minor child / unborn child

In order to save time, that the applicant should complete the A1 course & have received the A1 certificate before the application process.

Other exemptions can only be decided during the interview & after submission of the required documents.

11.

Incoming medical insurance or proof public / private insurance covering the applicant as an expat / student in Germany has to be provided at the time of visa approval. A travel insurance is not sufficient.

More information to be provided during the interview.

National Visa – Category D:

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Family reunion of minors below the age of 16

For minors, who wish to reunite or accompany their parents, in addition to the above-mentioned documents, we require:

  • Birth certificate (Original is also required)
  • Marriage certificate of parents (Original is also required)
  • Custody decree, if their parents are divorced (Original is also required)
  • Passport copies of parents
  • Death Certificate, if one parent is deceased (Original is also required)
  • German Language skills are not required.

See separate leaflet, for recognition of foreign documents.

National Visa – Category D:

Family reunion to EU Nationals (excluding citizens of Germany)

Spouses of EU Nationals, excluding German citizens, are exempted from providing a copy of their partners Meldebescheinigung (Certificate of Residence) and the requirements of No.10 and 11.

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They are requested to provide a copy of their partner’s employment certificate.

If the EU national in Germany is not working fulltime, proof of sufficient personal funds is required.

National Visa – Category D:

Intended marriage / civil union

The visa process is only considered the last step and applicants should contact the civil registrar (Standesamt) well before in order to undergo the necessary procedure.

Instead of a marriage certificate, aapplicants are requested to provide the Certificate of intended marriage / Establishment of civil union (“Anmeldung zur Eheschließung / Eintragung einer Lebenspartnerschaft”), which has to be less than 6 months old.

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A formal obligation letter (“Verpflichtungserklärung”) by the fiancé is considered as proof of sufficient means of subsistence. It needs to be provided in original and not older than 6 months, and with the remark “Bonität nachgewiesen”.

Note further:

  • Applicants, who come late to their appointment by more than 15 min, will not be permitted to enter the visa section and are required to schedule a new Appointment.
  • Only complete applications can be accepted; applicants will be requested to arrange a new appointment if arriving with incomplete documents.
  • Visa fees must be paid upon submission of application in cash (AED) only to the German Consulate only exact change will be accepted.
  • Processing time at the Consulate due to necessary and obligatory legal requirements usually takes a minimum of 7 working days and up to 12 weeks or longer. Applicants are requested to apply up to 3 months prior to the intended date of journey. Applicants are also kindly requested to refrain from status inquiries, within the first 8 weeks.
  • False or falsified documents will lead to the refusal of visa and / or further consequences.

  • Complete documentation does not guarantee a visa approval.

  • The German Consulate Dubai reserves the right to ask for additional documents and / or call applicant for additional information or interview.

Disclaimer: Although the information in this leaflet has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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FAQs

What is national visa category D? ›

The D-type visas allow to stay in other Schengen states for 90 days of any 180-day period. It means that you can legally stay in the Schengen Area only if your stay was shorter than 90 days over the past 180 days. The D-type visa is valid for a maximum of one year.

How long does family reunion visa take? ›

Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed. After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority the Consulate will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa.

What is family reunion visa? ›

If a parent wants to join their minor child in Germany through a family reunion visa, then the parent must have the right of care or custody of the child. This means the parent may join their children in Germany if: No parent with the right of care is in Germany. If the child has a residence permit.

How long does it take to get family reunion visa for Germany? ›

The processing can take up to 12 weeks. As soon as the application has been approved by the German authority, the Embassy/Consulate will issue a national visa for the first 90 days of the intended stay.

Is National D visa a residence permit? ›

A D-Visa for employment enables you to travel to Germany and apply for a residence permit with the local immigration office (“Ausländerbehörde”) or pursue an economic activity during the validity of the visa.

How do you get a Type D visa? ›

Documents Required
  1. A Valid Passport- 2 Passport Photos, as per specifications. ...
  2. Health Insurance & A medical Certificate.
  3. Travel Insurance that covers the traveler for a total of EU 30,000.00.
  4. A Passenger Locator Form.
  5. A return flight ticket- Evidence of sufficient financial means- Proof of accommodation.

How long does it take to get a UK family reunion visa? ›

You should get a decision 12 weeks once you attend your appointment at the visa application centre, if you are applying for family reunion with a refugee or person with humanitarian protection.

Who is eligible for family reunion visa UK? ›

Family reunion. Your partner or child may be able to join or stay with you in the UK if: you were part of a family before you were forced to leave your country. you have refugee status, 5 years' humanitarian protection or settlement on protection grounds but do not yet have British citizenship.

How long does family reunion take UK? ›

How long does it take to get a UK family reunion visa? The time can vary, but it can take up to six months to get a decision after an application has been made. In most cases, a decision will come sooner than this.

What is the purpose of a family reunions? ›

Family reunions can connect the next generation to their past. From kids hearing stories about the family history and trying recipes that have been passed down over the years, family reunions help kids form identities about who they are.

How do you do a family reunion? ›

6 Tips to Organize a Family Reunion
  1. #1 Have the event well planned and organized. ...
  2. #2 Invite a wide range of relatives. ...
  3. #3 Have a wide range of activities. ...
  4. #4 Do activities that bring people together. ...
  5. #5 Have lots of time for just hanging out. ...
  6. #6 Make it longer if possible.

What documents are required for family reunion visa Germany? ›

  • Birth certificate issued under the “Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1969”
  • School certificate: matriculation certificate or Middle School Board Certificate or school.
  • Proof of Residence in India: Aadhaar Card or Ration card of the applicant covering the past 4.

Can I work in Germany with a family reunion visa? ›

According to German law every adult that comes to Germany on a Family Reunion visa and settles, should be permitted to work. However, there are a few conditions that the relative they are joining shall meet, as follows: He/she has a residence permit authorizing employment for themselves. He/she holds an EU Blue Card.

Can I bring my mother to Germany permanently? ›

Can I Bring my Parents to Germany Permanently? There is no German visa requirement for EU citizens who wish to bring their parents to Germany. Under EU Freedom of Movement, they have the right to live and work in Germany.

Can a family reunion visa holder work in Germany? ›

Any adult who comes to Germany on a family reunion visa will be allowed to work according to German law. However, there are a few conditions that the relative they are joining must comply with: Must have a residence permit which authorizes employment. Must have an EU Blue Card.

What is D category visa for UK? ›

Since June 2019 the “CAT D” vignette (figure 2) is used for almost all categories including visit, employment, study and settlement. Vignettes for employment, study and settlement are usually valid for 30 days to enable the holder to travel to the UK and collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

Can you work on D visa? ›

The D-visa is a long-stay visa (for up to a year) that can be applied for the purpose of work, study or family relations.

How can I get National D visa in Germany? ›

What Documents are Required when Applying for a German Visa?
  1. A visa application form. ...
  2. Declaration. ...
  3. Two passport photos. ...
  4. Your passport/Travel document: ...
  5. Copies of your previous visas (if you have any).
  6. Round-trip Flight Itinerary. ...
  7. Proof of accommodation.

Can you work on D visa? ›

The D-visa is a long-stay visa (for up to a year) that can be applied for the purpose of work, study or family relations.

What is D stamp visa? ›

The D Visa is usually issued for three months, but may also be issued for up to twelve months and must specify whether its holder is permitted to work in the respective country. The granting of a national visa is generally subject to the approval of the immigration authorities.

How can I get National D visa in Germany? ›

What Documents are Required when Applying for a German Visa?
  1. A visa application form. ...
  2. Declaration. ...
  3. Two passport photos. ...
  4. Your passport/Travel document: ...
  5. Copies of your previous visas (if you have any).
  6. Round-trip Flight Itinerary. ...
  7. Proof of accommodation.

What is uniform format Category D visa? ›

Category D refers to national visa. They are issued by a Schengen state in accordance with its national legislation as with respect to the conditions (however, a uniform sticker is used). The visa also entitles the bearer to stay in other Schengen countries for 3 months in 6 months.

How long is visa D? ›

A long - term visa (National visa - D Type Visa) is an authorization issued by the competent Greek Authorities for the entry and stay of third - country nationals in Greek territory for a period exceeding 90 and up to 365 days, according to the respective national legislation or European Union Law on the residence ...

How long does D visa take to process? ›

It takes two to three weeks to get a decision, and you must have been granted and obtained a D-visa before you travel. If your application for an entry visa needs to be supplemented with additional information, it may take longer before you get a decision.

How long does visa D take? ›

Please note that processing times for national visas vary greatly from about 2 weeks for some categories of employment visas to up to six months for self-employed professionals. Please ensure that you submit your application well in advance.

What is D visa post approval? ›

D Visa Stamping Cases (Post Approval) – Customers who wish to submit their D Visa Stamping cases at the VFS application centre in Mumbai will need to take an appointment. Customers can also avail our Application Pick up and Drop service for submitting your Post Approval – D Visa stamping applications.

Is Type D visa a Blue Card? ›

The Blue Card scheme is aimed at qualified academic professionals employed in a position commensurate with their qualification and with a designated minimum remuneration (2022 threshold: €56,400 per annum).

How do I track my German family reunion visa? ›

Following are the methods to track your application:
  1. Website: Click here for applications lodged on or after 02 November 2019.
  2. Web chat: Chat Now
  3. Email: Send an email to info.canger@vfshelpline.com.
  4. Helpline Number: +4921173714828.
  5. Visit the Visa Application Centre to track your application.

Can I work in Germany with a family reunion visa? ›

According to German law every adult that comes to Germany on a Family Reunion visa and settles, should be permitted to work. However, there are a few conditions that the relative they are joining shall meet, as follows: He/she has a residence permit authorizing employment for themselves. He/she holds an EU Blue Card.

How long does German national visa take? ›

The processing time for visa applications (short stay) takes up to 15 days. If long-term residence permits or visa for employment in Germany are applied for, the processing time will be up to several months.

Can I travel Europe with German national visa? ›

Holders of a Schengen visa may stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days per period of 180 days. They can therefore travel to other countries in the Schengen area (see Question 2) in addition to Germany. The place of entry and exit is not important.

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